Amazing Days out by Bus in Lancashire

2 months ago Thu 1st Jul 2021

Amazing Days out by Bus in Lancashire

When you’re seeking adventure this summer where better than the Red Rose County?

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Lancashire has everything - bustling towns and cities, grand houses, blooming marvellous gardens and much more. And we’re delighted to be able to get you to so many of them on our buses, so much so, that we’ve picked out some of our favourites below:

Manchester

Energetic, diverse and bursting with character, Manchester is a fantastic city that has it all. With shops to die for and then some, world-class art and culture to entertain and seduce you, and things to see and do that will fill a day or evening far too quickly, it’s a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures, and begs you to return. An eclectic range of cafés, bars and restaurants peppers the city streets, anything from a pit stop cappuccino between shops to some decidedly classy joints, but everywhere with that unmistakably warm Mancunian welcome.manchester collage

Manchester Arndale is the UK’s largest city centre shopping complex with over 240 retailers, while the city centre is also home to the biggest names in retail including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Westwood and Armani. Experience the best of Manchester and see the sights in style on Sightseeing Manchester’s open top bus tour – it’s buy one, get one free with your Transdev Treats voucher!

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Blackburn

It’s all happening in Blackburn – a vibrant place at the heart of Lancashire life! A £66 million extension to The Mall Shopping Centre has attracted a list of new retail names, and the bus station is right on its doorstep! While you’re here, visit the beautiful Cathedral or why not take in a show at the grade II listed King George’s Hall or the Thwaites Empire Theatre. As one of the first purpose built free museums to open outside of London in 1874, Blackburn Museum houses a rich and fascinating collection covering fine art, Egyptology, coins, manuscripts, natural history & social history.

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Preston

Lancashire’s newest city with a rich history, Preston is famous for its Guild celebrations every 20 years – but you don’t have to wait for the next one! Take Hotline to the iconic Preston Bus Station and find family fun on the Flag Market with its events and bargains or uncover a treasure trove in the Harris Museum and Art Gallery – don’t miss the 13,500-year-old Poulton Elk!

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Clitheroe

Head to the market town of Clitheroe set in the glorious Ribble Valley, which has something for everyone. Clitheroe Castle, said to be the smallest Norman castle in England, is home to a fascinating museum and 16 acres of grounds.  The town's infamous market has been a mainstay since the Norman invasion, with a wonderfully diverse set of stalls and an eclectic mix of market locals.

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Burnley

Standing proud amid breath-taking Pennine countryside, Burnley is a thriving town. Located in the nearby Pennine hill range, the iconic Singing Ringing Tree is named in the world’s top ten pieces of ‘sound art’ and is a must-see windpowered wonder! Soak up some culture at Burnley Mechanics, the Grade II listed theatre in the centre of town opened in 1855 by Sir Charles Towneley. Speaking of the Towneley family why not visit Towneley Hall, their home for over 600 years and enjoy a historic house, museum and gallery all in one – look out for the cat fast asleep by the range in its Victorian kitchen!

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Bury

Ask anyone who’s been to Bury, and they’ll tell you about the market! Packed with over 370 stalls, independent traders offer a warm welcome, bags of bargains and of course Bury’s world famous black pudding... yum! Get all steamed up at the East Lancashire Railway and its Transport Museum – and don’t miss the statue of much-loved comedy star Victoria Wood, who was born here.

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Rochdale

The original Northern powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, Rochdale has one of the country’s finest Victorian town halls. Discover Rochdale’s past as the birthplace of the Co-op at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, it’s the perfect place to see how your ancestors did their shopping. There’s lots of family fun to be had at the Touchstones Rochdale arts and heritage centre. Highlights of the collection include a Victorian painting by Charles Burton Barber best known due to its reproduction on biscuit tins and jigsaws.

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Ramsbottom

Featured in the Sunday Times’ Top Ten Places to Live, Ramsbottom sits on the edge of the West Pennine Moors and is packed with award winning restaurants and cafes plus a station for the East Lancashire Railway too.

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Hollingworth Lake

Take Lakeline 458 to Hollingworth Lake, the place for family fun – adventure-seekers can try sailing, kayaking, powerboating or even windsurfing! In Victorian times the lake was known as the The Weighvers’ Seaport. Now once again visitors can enjoy many outdoor attractions and an excellent Visitor Centre. Spanning 118 acres with the dramatic backdrop of Blackstone Edge, the lake is one of the most popular days out in the area.

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Rawtenstall

The most northern point of the East Lancashire Railway is historic Rawtenstall, a typical Lancashire town boasting cobbled streets, stone architecture and dramatic landscapes. Plus there’s great family fun to be had at Ski Rossendale & the Whitaker Museum as well.

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Transdev Treats

We have also created a list of our favourite events, attractions and locations from our Transdev Treats programme.  Just ask your driver for a Transdev Treats voucher and show this at the attraction to get money off.

The Science and Industry Museum, Manchesterscience and industry museum

FREE entry with a Transdev Treats voucher.

The Science and Industry Museum traces the development of science, technology and industry with emphasis on the city of Manchester's achievements in these fields. Discover the people, places and ideas behind the museum’s collection, which charts 250 years of world-shaping discoveries and innovations that began in Manchester.

The Science and Industry Museum can be reached by Red Express (Stop Deansgate) and Witchway (Stop Deansgate).

Pendle Wavelengths, Nelsonpendle wavelengths

25% off a family swim with a Transdev Treats voucher.

Pendle Wavelengths has been the home of swimming, fitness and family activities in Pendle since 1989!

As times have changed, so as has the centre. They've grown to incorporate a state-of-the-art gym, dance studio and junior gym alongside their famed leisure pool. Pendle Wavelengths is also the home to Inside Spa, Pendle’s leading spa.

Pendle Wavelengths can be reached by Mainline (Stop Pendle Wavelengths).

Arcade Club, Buryarcade club

20% off entry with a Transdev Treats voucher.

Arcade Club is Europe's largest free play video and pinball arcade. There is more than 300 well maintained classic arcade machines in their ever expanding library, so you will never be stuck for games to play!

Arcade Club can be reached by Irwell Line (Stop Rochdale Road), Tottington Line (Stop Bury Interchange) and Trax (Stop Rochdale Road).

Towneley Hall, Burnleytowneley hall

50% off for adults with a Transdev Treats voucher.

Towneley Park is owned and managed by Burnley Borough Council and is the largest and most popular park in Burnley, Lancashire, England. The main entrance to the park is within a mile of the town centre and the park extends to the south east, covering an area of some 180 hectares.

Towneley Hall can be reached by Irwell Line (Stop Towneley Rock Lane), and Rossendale Rovers 8 (Stop Towneley Rock Lane).

Mr. Fitzpatricks's Temperance Bar, Rawtenstallmr fitzpatrick's

15% off a '464 Milkshake' with a Transdev Treats voucher.

The Temperance bar offers a wide selection of mouth-watering drinks based on their delicious cordials, such as Iced Floats and Milkshakes.  Mr Fitzpatrick’s range includes naturally delicious root cordials such as Sarsaparilla, Dandelion & Burdock, Blackcurrant & Liquorice, Lemon & Ginger, Cream Soda and Root Beer. All of which contain botanical extracts and aromatic spices.

There’s also a range of natural fruit cordials, including Blood Tonic, Rhubarb and Rosehip, Plum, Pear & Mixed Spices and Lime & Lemongrass.

Mr Fitzpatricks can be reached by 464 (Stop Rawtenstall Bus Station), Rossendale Rovers 7 (Stop Rawtenstall Bus Station), Rossendale Rovers 10 (Stop Rawtenstall Bus Station) and Rossendale Rovers 11 (Stop Rawtenstall Bus Station).

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchestermanchester art gallery

FREE entry with a Transdev Treats voucher.

The main gallery premises were built for a learned society in 1823 and today its collection occupies three connected buildings, two of which were designed by Sir Charles Barry.  From historical collections to international contemporary art, Manchester Art Gallery brings fresh perspectives, encourages conversations and sparks debate.

Manchester Art Gallery can be reached by Red Express (Stop Town Hall) and Witchway (Stop Town Hall).

The Whitaker Museum, Rawtenstallwhitaker museum

FREE entry with a Transdev Treats voucher.

The Whitaker is a forward-facing museum and art gallery that aims to foster inclusive, vibrant communities that thrive within our natural environment.  The Whitaker is as much about the future as it is about the past. Building on an exploration of the past and the present, The Whitaker is a place for people to take part in the development of the community. It is a place for people to share their hopes and visions of a better future, and to work together to create the community they want to live in.

The Whitaker Museum can be reached by Irwell Line (Stop Whitaker Park) and the 464 (Stop Whitaker Park).

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnleygawthorpe hall

10% off entry with a Transdev Treats voucher. 

A gorgeous Elizabethan country house on the banks of the River Calder, its estate extends into Padiham, with the Stockbridge Drive entrance situated there. Since 1953 it has been designated a grade I listed building.  The hall is financed and run by the National Trust in partnership with Lancashire County Council.

Gawthorpe Hall can be reached by Mainline (Stop Kiddrow Lane) and Ribble Country 64/65 (Stop Caernarvon Ave).

Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe

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10% off adults and kids go free with a Transdev Treats voucher. 

With panoramic views across the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Castle is perched above the town of Clitheroe where it has dominated the skyline for 800 years. Beyond the castle walls, visitors will find a museum, gift shop and café making it a must-see destination for all the family.  

The award-winning Clitheroe Castle Museum tells the story of the town, the formation of the landscape 350 million years ago and why the Ribble Valley is a haven for Lancashire's wildlife. Moving through the galleries, the rich heritage, industry, legends and folklore of local people continue to unfold.

Clitheroe Castle can be reached by Mainline (Stop Castle Gate) and Ribble Country 64 (Stop King Street).

Bury Transport Museum, Burybury transport museum

FREE entry with a Transdev Treats voucher.

Hop off the train at Bury Station, and just across the road – in the restored Castlecroft Goods Warehouse from 1848 – you’ll find the Bury Transport Museum. It’s a must-see stop for all visitors to the East Lancashire Railway, old and young.

Inside, it will take you back through the 20th Century, recreating what life was like with loads of hands-on exhibits and full-size vehicles.

Bury Transport Museum can be reached by Irwell Line (Stop East Lancashire Railway) and Tottington Line (Stop East Lancashire Railway).

Hoghton Tower, Prestonhogtie tower

20% off entry with a Transdev Treats voucher.

Discover the thousand-year history and natural beauty, the underground passages and wonderful walled-gardens.  Complete with a lavish banqueting hall, you can walk in the footsteps of kings, and admire sweeping views in Hoghton Tower.   

Hoghton Tower can be reached by Hotline (Stop Dover Lane).

Time Race, Burytime race

20% off entry with a Transdev Treats voucher. 

When a mysterious red envelope arrives, will you dare to accept the invitation?  Discover a one-of-a-kind psychological escape room experience in Bury.

Time Race can be reached by Irwell Line (Stop Rochdale Road), Tottington Line (Stop Bury Interchange) and Trax (Stop Rochdale Road).

Sightseeing Manchester, Manchestersightseeing manchester

Buy one get one FREE with a Transdev Treats voucher.

Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. Discover the city’s heritage and how it has grown to be the progressive hub it is today with a 90 minute bus tour.

The 12 stop hop-on hop-off tour has been carefully planned to take you round some of Manchester’s key sights including Manchester Town Hall, the National Football Museum, Manchester and Salford Cathedral and much more!

Sightseeing Manchester can be reached by Red Express (Stop Town Hall) and Witchway (Stop Town Hall).